In scenes with Michael K. The screenplay gives him one note to play, which becomes tiresome as the minutes drag on. This retooling of the James Caan film is completely devoid of the grit, nastiness and desperation of the Karel Reisz-James Toback original. This format works well for action movies and superhero yarns; not so much for dramas. People rant and rave at Bennett, calling him on the carpet for numerous offenses and mistakes as a means of teaching him a valuable lesson. Sometimes they rough him up a bit for emphasis. Then they completely forget about teaching lessons and bend to his will. In these mini-movies, they become the stars and the lead becomes an extra. Goodman plays his entire role topless, and turns the F-word into poetry. This movie should be about them.
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By Patrick Hipes. Factory has inked a worldwide multiyear distribution deal for a 10 Kenny Rogers -starring films including all five in The Gambler TV movie series. Studios is developing and will produce the updated series based on the music, movies, and miniseries spawned by The Gambler , the title of the first TV movie that aired on CBS. It earned four sequels, the last, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps , airing in This is the kind of nostalgic, feel-good storytelling that is built into Shout! He was a unique, multi-talented artist.
The Gambler is a American crime drama film directed by Rupert Wyatt. The remake, starring Mark Wahlberg as the title character, premiered on November 10, , at the AFI Fest ,  and was theatrically released in the United States on December 25, It features George Kennedy 's final film performance before his death in Jim Bennett is a Los Angeles literature professor who uses gambling as a way of self-destruction. Lee gives Jim seven days to pay off his debts or be murdered.